Mindfulness Meditation teacher training

Suryacitta and Vicky warmly invite you to join them on this 6 month Mindfulness meditation teacher training course starting Sep 24.

This hybrid course will allow you to become a qualified Mindfulness meditation practitioner and is accredited by the CPD Standards Office, UK.

It will also provide you with an opportunity to delve deep into your own Mindfulness practice,

It is Suryacitta and Vicky’s aim to guide you to embody the teachings so that when you teach Mindfulness, you can share from your own experience and practice, and teach from a place of authenticity and intuition.

Those wishing to attend the course as a way to continue your own personal Mindfulness journey are welcome to join us; parts of the course will be optional if you are not wishing to have the qualification at the end of the course.

To find out more about the teacher training course, pop the kettle on and have a read through the information below…

What the course includes

  • live online webinars on the last Wednesday of the month 19:00-21:00
  • in person retreat days on the first Saturday of the month 12:00-17:00 at The Wee Retreat studios, southside Glasgow;
  • peer support sessions either online or in person as appropriate to discuss reflections and learning from the course, to practice materials in advance of teaching to the larger group, to discuss the recommended reading and raise any points of clarification before the next session;
  • 1:1 sessions (2 x half hour) with either course tutor; online or in person;
  • online materials including guided meditations, pre-recorded Mindfulness and Compassion course;
  • Course book – Mindfulness teacher’s handbook
  • recommended reading list to support and reinforce the learning from their own experience of practice. This includes more background on theoretical underpinning of mindfulness and compassion teaching; Buddhist philosophy and the latest studies from neuroscience that can support teaching. 
  • the option to continue on a further 6 month supervision pathway offering support either in person or online

Course requirements

Entry requirements

Participants will have attended a beginners 8 week Mindfulness course (this does not need to have been taught by our course tutors) and a recommended minimum one year of meditation practice.

If you do not meet these requirements and wish to attend, we are happy to look at this on an individual basis, please get in touch directly- vicky@theweeretreat.co.uk to discuss.

Graduation requirements

Graduation will take place if students have participated in a minimum of 80% of the pathway and demonstrated how they have caught up with any modules they have missed as well as delivered the teacher training elements of the course including guiding meditations, delivering a mindfulness talk and leading a mindful enquiry session.

Investment & booking

As places are limited, a non-refundable £200 deposit is required to secure your place. The full course will be £1995 (this includes the deposit). We can offer monthly instalments for payment if required.

To book, you can either secure a place via our website or email vicky@theweeretreat.co.uk to pay by direct bank transfer.

*Please note, when booking via the website, it is this deposit that will be charged; we will contact you to make arrangements for the remaining balance which can be paid in full or in monthly instalments.

What you will learn

  • Skills to teach mindfulness meditation courses and workshops in a range of settings 
  • To teach Mindfulness intuitively and to learn to trust your own experience and practice 
  • How and when to use metaphors, images and stories to enrich your teaching 
  • The roots and subtleties of this ancient practice 
  • How to use the brilliant arts of silence and pauses as teaching aides 
  • How to guide different mindfulness and compassion practices 
  • How to facilitate mindful inquiry

About the course tutors

Suryacitta Malcolm Smith, is one of the most experienced mindfulness teachers in the UK, starting his practice in 1989. He is the author of five books including, Finding Contentment through Mindfulness, published in 2011 and Mindfulness and Compassion – Embracing life with Loving Kindness, 2015. Both published by Ivy Press, and A Mindful life, Who’s this in the Shower with Me? How to Get Out of Your Head and Start Living. 

Suryacitta has taught mindfulness and compassion meditation to 1000s of people in the UK and abroad. From 2001 to 2005 he lived in a meditation retreat centre, dedicated to intensive practice and teaching. He is known as the teacher’s teacher having taught many of the teachers in Leicestershire, the UK and Europe. He is renowned for his absolute down-to-earth approach, and for his simplicity, clarity and humour in teaching, being free of mindfulness jargon and cliches. 

Suryacitta has such a rare gift of communicating in a way that challenges and explains in such a simple way.

I have been incredibly fortunate that Suryacitta has guided me on my mindfulness journey for a number of years now. His knowledge and experience are very evident and support his compelling and inclusive communication style. 

Suryacitta is an inspiring teacher who creates safe spaces for his community of learners, who grow at their own pace within a supportive group. I have learnt so much from him and know I can look forward to ever more jewels of insight to awaken my future practice. 

Vicky Hope is a parent, Educational Psychologist, Mindfulness practitioner and founder of The Wee Retreat CIC, a wellness centre in Southside Glasgow.

She attended Suryacitta’s 8-week beginners Mindfulness course in 2012 and credits her teacher for introducing Mindfulness in such a unique way that she was able to establish a daily meditation practice early on in her journey. Vicky qualified to teach Mindfulness meditation in 2016 and has been sharing the practice with people ever since via beginners courses, further into Mindfulness courses, Mindful parenting events, day and weekend retreats and drop-in meditation sessions.

Vicky is passionate about teaching Mindfulness in such a way that allows people the opportunity to see the pit falls that get in the way of establishing a regular practice.

Knowing the impact of Mindfulness in her life and the potential for it to be of benefit to others, Vicky founded The Wee Retreat CIC in 2018 as a safe and tranquil space for people to look after their wellbeing. 

Vicky’s approach to teaching is just so relaxed and honest and engaging. 

Vicky is a wonderfully present & compassionate teacher. She makes the teaching ‘real’ through sharing experiences & giving plenty of time for practice & reflection. 

Vicky is a warm, friendly, genuine person who has an immense wealth of knowledge in mindfulness.

Vicky is a fantastic teacher. Her calming voice and presence really put me at ease. Whether you are new to meditating, or have experience, Vicky is the ideal person to take you on a meditation and mindfulness journey. 

Course outline

Course outline:

  • Each session will include time to focus on your own practice and going deeper, an exploration of the teaching themes and time for questions and answers and reflection.
  • Over the course of the six months, all trainee teachers will be asked to lead:
    •  2-3 meditation practices
    • an introductory talk on Mindfulness meditation
    • a mindful enquiry session

September 24

21st /22nd | 12-5pm both days

In person weekend retreat led by Suryacitta & Vicky

Introduction to the programme, practice, and expectations; What Mindfulness meditation is and isn’t- exploratory session; Introducing the main themes of Mindfulness; Introducing and setting up peer supervision.

25th | 7p-9m

Online webinar led by Suryacitta

The three pillars of excellent mindfulness teaching. The roots of mindfulness and the Four Noble Truths.

October 24

7th | 12-5pm

In person retreat day led by Vicky

Theme 1: Awareness: the mind as a tool; thoughts.

Establishing a regular meditation practice.

30th | 7-9pm

Online webinar led by Suryacitta

Most common mistakes teachers make and using metaphors, stories and images. How to guide a meditation, what to say, what not to say and how much to say.

November 24

2nd | 12-5pm

In person retreat day led by Vicky

Theme 2: Patience: the ABC’s of mindfulness

Teacher training talks, guided meditations & enquiry sessions.

27th | 7-9pm

Online webinar led by Suryacitta

Exploring inquiry and how to respond to any question you may get asked. Managing group dynamics. How to inquire into students’ meditation and understanding. 

December 24

7th | 12-5pm

In person retreat day led by Vicky

Theme 3: Acceptance: the 2 daggers/ choiceless awareness

Teacher training talks, guided meditations & enquiry sessions.

18th | 7-9pm (please note not the last Wed of month)

Online webinar led by Suryacitta

How to use the magical art of silence and pauses as teaching aides and brief overview of the science. 

January 25

11th | 12-5pm (please note 2nd Sat of the month, not 1st)

In person retreat day led by Vicky

Theme 4: Curiosity: the ego/ dancing with dragons

Teacher training talks, guided meditations & enquiry sessions.

29th | 7-9pm

Online webinar led by Suryacitta

Business Alchemy- Marketing from the heart; business nuts and bolts 

February 25

1st | 12-5pm

In person retreat day led by Vicky

Theme 5: Compassion: Loving Kindness practice; being in silence.

Teacher training talks, guided meditations & enquiry sessions.

26th | 7-9pm

Online webinar led by Suryacitta and Vicky

How to run your own Mindfulness events: courses, workshops and day retreats; Graduation ceremony.

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE COURSE?

Please email support@theweeretreat.co.uk

Suryacitta has such a rare gift of communicating in a way that challenges and explains in such a simple way.

Vicky is a wonderfully present & compassionate teacher. She makes the teaching ‘real’ through sharing experiences & giving plenty of time for practice & reflection.